21 killed in Kabul attacks

21 killed in Kabul attacks

21 killed in Kabul attacks

In other violence, an Afghan police officer was killed and four people were wounded in an explosion Monday in eastern Nangarhar province, said Attuhullah Khogynai, spokesman for the provincial governor.

He leaves behind two wives and six children, including a newborn daughter, AFP said. In a tweet, the Global News Director, Michele Leridon, honoured Marai for his "extraordinary strength, courage and generosity" and praised his "consummate professionalism" and "sensitivity" during his 15 years covering the Afghan conflict for AFP.

The BBC verified that its reporter Ahmad Shah was killed in Khost province. A Reuters photographer was slightly hurt by shrapnel.

Maharram Durrani, a 28-year-old university student who was training to become a journalist at the Kabul bureau of RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, was also killed. Shah Marai was one of nine journalists who died today when a bomber posing as a journalist blew himself up in a crowd of first-responders who had arrived on the scene of another suicide attack 20 minutes earlier.

Kabul attack: Victims in double explosions lie on the ground in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Monday it is formally appealing to the United Nations secretary general for the creation of a special United Nations envoy for protecting journalists. There is no justification whatsoever for such attacks.

His versatility and easy camaraderie was demonstrated in a message moments before the second attack, in which he reassured an AFP video colleague who was stuck in traffic and could not reach the scene.

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Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh told Afghanistan's largest private TV channel Tolo news that at least 27 people were wounded and rushed to hospital, warning that some were in critical condition and the toll could yet rise. A second bomber, who was pretending to be a journalist holding a camera, then detonated his explosives, killing journalists and rescue workers. At least 45 more people were left wounded, officials said.

Hours later, the Islamic State terrorist organisation claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack came just over a week after a massive suicide bombing occurred outside a voter ID registration center, killing more than 50 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Kandahar bombing and no comment from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. Afghan security forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate.

The spate of attacks since the start of the year have underlined mounting insecurity despite repeated government pledges to tighten defences. Amin said the explosion caused casualties.

The note considers the incident a war crime and calls on the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice to investigate it.

At least 25 people have been killed in two bombings in the Afghan capital Kabul, including several journalists documenting the scene.

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